14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for His mercy.
Happy 4th of July!
READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070421.cfm
SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: Restore the Church, build the future. Support the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Thank you for your generosity.
LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for all live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar ) Masses may also be viewed at a later time.
ONLINE BULLETIN: https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
WELCOME BACK! The Sunday Mass dispensation has been lifted by Bishop Malooly for our diocese, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese. The obligation to physically attend Mass does not apply to those who are ill, have been exposed to the virus, or have any serious underlying health conditions. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Eucharist.
THE PARISH OFFICE re-opens on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 am. The Office will be open Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you again!
WEEKLY INTENTIONS: The New 2022 Mass Intention Book will open on Thursday, July 8th. See the Bulletin for details. You can reserve a Mass or Offering by calling the parish office between the hours of 9am-3pm, or anytime via email at email@example.com
SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through July 9. The troop will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected. Contact Tracie Bruno for pick up or drop off details. (302) 242-4150 or Troop0547@gmail.com. See the Bulletin for more information.
GIRL SCOUTS is a great opportunity for girls to build friendships and leadership. New troops are forming, and registration is open for girls entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are also looking for adults to help provide leadership to the girls. Please contact Tracie Bruno at (302)242-4150 or email at Tracie.Bruno@comcast.net for more information.
THE BLESSING OF THE STONES FAITH GARDEN will take place on July 10th at the 4pm Mass. We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the new garden located near the staff office door.
WELCOME BACK AGAPE: Please join us on Sunday, July 11th after the 10:30 am Mass. Come join and socialize with your fellow parishioners. Enjoy light refreshments, hosted by Parish & Family Life Committee. Hope to see your there!
TOYS, PUZZLES AND MORE! Need Toys? Want Toys? We may have what you’re looking for!!! Come One, Come All… to our Toy Giveaway in the halls of our PSR Building July 10 & 11… after both Masses. We are cleaning out our classrooms! We may have something you want!! Monetary Donations Always Accepted!!! Any donations will be used to purchase a new Smart T.V. for our parish.
R.C.I.A. – CHANGE THE WORLD: Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has never made First Eucharist or been Confirmed? Deacon Frank will hold an Inquiry Session on July 12th at 6:30pm for those adults who have not been baptized, who were baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic or for those adults baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the parish office. (302) 653-8279.
REGISTRATION FOR PSR (Parish School of Religion) is now open for 2021-2022. Our PSR offers religious education for children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/ for more information. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or email@example.com
IS GOD CALLING YOU? LISTEN CAREFULLY! We are in need of a few catechists and assistants for PSR this Fall and we are always looking for members for our Christian Formation Committee and RCIA and Baptismal Teams.
Catechists needed for Grades 3 and 7, Assistants needed for Grades 1, 3 and 8
If you feel God calling you, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653-4101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE this Date—Sunday, September 12, 2021 for St. Polycarp’s 2nd Annual Steak Dinner and Golf Tournament at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, DE. Plated steak dinner at this beautiful country club $35.00 and/or Golf Tournament with lunch, green fee, golf cart, on course beverages, gift bags, prizes and steak dinner $125.00 per golfer or $460.00 team of four. For more information contact: Larry Borgman email@example.com (302-38-6018) or Kathy Willes firstname.lastname@example.org (302-670-7330). Register online at membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7142.
BULLETIN OVERFLOW: https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
ONLINE GIVING: Please consider becoming an e-giver. It is easy to make your weekly or one time contributions in support of the Parish. For more information and to sign up for online giving, visit faith.direct/DE831
ST DENNIS: http://www.stdennischurch.org
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/ Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO: Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode, Fr. Joseph McQuaide, Chancellor of the Diocese of Wilmington and Rector of the Cathedral of St. Peter will give an insider’s preview of the July 13th ordination and installation of Bishop-elect William Koenig as Wilmington’s 10th Bishop. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.
LET US PRAY:
God, source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory
of those who declared that life and liberty
are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong:
that only in human solidarity will we find liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs
to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts toward the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others,
to offer friendship,
and to find safety only in the common good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.